DR JULIAN WOJTULEWICZ,
MB BS MA (PHIL) FRACP Neonatal Paediatrician and Paediatric Sleep Physician.
Julian is a graduate of the University of Sydney Medical School. His general paediatric training was undertaken at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children in Camperdown, Sydney and advanced neonatal training at the Hospital for Sick Children and Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada. Julian worked for almost 20 years in neonatal intensive care centred in a children’s hospital; initially in Toronto, then Camperdown and subsequently Westmead, in Sydney.
He has published on a range of topics in peer reviewed national and international medical journals on various aspects of neonatal care and management, including neuro-development following premature birth, acute respiratory failure in term infants and causes for, and recovery from, neonatal enterocolitis.
A reflective sabbatical was undertaken at the prestigious philosophy department of Georgetown University in Washington DC, USA where he completed a Masters degree majoring in applied ethics. He is passionate about fair distribution of health access for children as well as issues of moral and legal responsibility for the wellbeing and protection of the young, including end of life decision-making.
In the words of a colleague, “he woke up one day and went to sleep”. Advanced training in paediatric sleep medicine took place at the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network at Randwick and Westmead, and with Professor Colin Sullivan, the inventor on non-invasive CPAP, at the University of Sydney. He remains close to these organisations and the individuals within them. His prime research interest in sleep is in relation to the impact of low iron stores on behaviour, sleep patterns and restlessness, in kids. He is an articulate and enthusiastic educator.
DR MINNA KOO
MBBS, MA (Cantab), DRCOG, DCH, FRACP
Minna graduated from the University of Cambridge and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, London. After working as a junior doctor in the UK, she made her home in Sydney and completed her specialist paediatric training in Australia through The Children’s Hospital at Westmead whilst parenting three sons.
She has wide ranging experience in general paediatrics and neonatology in metropolitan and regional hospitals, most recently as a staff specialist through the NSW Rural Paediatric Support Program based at Sydney Children’s Hospital. She currently has a part time appointment as staff specialist paediatrician in Kids Rehab at CHW.
Working with the Genetic Metabolic and the Paediatric Rehabilitation services at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead during training gave her a glimpse into the joys, challenges and potential for each child. This has led to an interest in caring for children with long term complex health conditions, disability, developmental and behavioural issues as their paediatrician and being able to make a positive impact in a child’s life continues to inspire her.
She conducted an audit of weight management for boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in 2020 and has experience of paediatric weight management services during training.
As a mother of three adolescent boys, she has an insight into the landscape of life as a working parent and has seen families benefitting from professional help and guidance to navigate a path through their unique set of circumstances.
She endeavours to provide child-centred care, focussing on individualised goals for children of any age through to adolescence presenting with a range of childhood issues. Her main areas of interest include disability and associated problems, ADHD management, growth and development, bedwetting, weight management guidance and supporting new mothers and babies in the early years.
DR ARANCHA GONZALEZ,
MB BS FRACP
Arancha is a graduate of the University of Sydney Medical School. She is an experienced consultant paediatrician with a wide range of expertise having worked at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney as well as in rural and remote Australia. Her care extends from newborns to school leavers, encompassing all aspects of children’s health; acute and chronic.
Along with emergency paediatric care and neonatal resuscitation, Arancha is adept in managing the broad canvas of common paediatric conditions, such as asthma, epilepsy, bedwetting, growth failure, developmental concerns and nutrition/weight management. Her primary interest, however, is learning and behavioural paediatrics, in particular ADHD and autism spectrum disorder. She has had her work published in peer reviewed journals.
Arancha’s aim is to forge therapeutic relationships with each child in the context of their family. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
DR NATALIE GENTIN (nee WAINBERGAS)
MB BS FRACP General Paediatrician, Paediatric Sleep and Respiratory Physician.
Natalie completed her medical degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.
She undertook her specialist paediatric training in Australia. Her advanced sleep and respiratory training was done at the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick and the Children's Hospital at Westmead.
She has completed fellowships in Cystic Fibrosis, Respiratory Medicine, and Sleep Medicine. She has completed a Masters degree in Sleep Medicine through the University of Sydney. She has a wide variety of clinical interests within sleep, general paediatric and respiratory medicine and is actively involved in research and education.
She is an honorary staff specialist sleep physician at Sydney Children’s Hospital and a conjoint lecturer at the University of New South Wales. She also consults in Darwin in the Northern Territory.
She is a mother of two young girls and adds her personal experience to her clinical skills.
Emma comes to us with many years of business and administration experience, having worked in and managed multiple businesses across several different industries.
Most recently, she has crossed over from the Travel Industry into Practice Management bringing with her an expertise in leadership, a high focus on customer service along with organisational & analytical skills.
Her travels have instilled in her a broad perspective and sensitivity towards different people and varying cultures.
Her success in these roles has come from her intrinsic interest in, and warmth towards others. Emma builds strong and personalised relationships with clients, key stakeholders and team members alike. She enjoys being part of a forward thinking team and working alongside likeminded people.
As a Northern Beaches local, Emma is committed to being part of a meaningful, innovative business while ensuring the Kite Centre is the leading Paediatric Health Care Centre in the community.
She enjoys a challenge, and brims with initiative and enthusiasm.
Emma is a devoted Mum, which adds to her personal experience and empathy for children and their families.
Lisa has 30 years’ experience as an administration officer and medical receptionist.
Her skills have seen her previously work in Allied Health and Psychology practices, among many other diverse industries. She has love for front desk management and connecting with patients. Lisa prides herself on her customer service and having patients leave with a happy and positive experience.
Lisa has lived on the Northern Beaches for 30 years and loves all it has to offer.
When not working, Lisa loves to travel and spending time with her family.
As a mother of 3 children, she is compassionate and understanding of the challenges facing parents of today.
Sindy is passionate about vision and loves doing what she does! She has been working as an optometrist for 16 years and grew up watching her father, renowned Optometrist, David Evian, practice the field as well.
Her special interests are
She also works with Children with disabilities and special needs and has trained in Basic KeyWord Signing to help to communicate with non-verbal patients as well.
Sindy received her Optometry Degree at UNSW School of Optometry in 2004 and has since furthered her studies through Australian College of Optometry in Melbourne, completing a Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics in 2015 followed by an Advanced Certificate in Children’s Vision in 2018.
Sindy is currently a Supervisor at the UNSW Low Vision Clinic, both on campus at the Optometry Clinic, as well as at the Guide Dogs Low Vision Clinic in Chatswood. She volunteers at vision clinics such as the Special Olympics Soar and Roar day.
A mum of four daughters, Sindy is very comfortable with children, noise and chaos and is calm, friendly, and approachable to children of all ages.
She is an AHPRA -Registered Allied Health Professional and Member of the Optometry Association of Australia.
Sindy’s Services include:
Dance & Movement Therapist
Originally trained in Sydney at The McDonald College of Performing Arts. Anneliese moved to Perth in 2014 and graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2016. Teaching dance at specialist schools, community organisations, and non-for-profits, as well as her own business, Anneliese has abundant experience teaching all ages and abilities.
he has a passion for creating more opportunities for inclusivity in the arts, and an interest in the opportunities that can arise through cross-collaboration and cross-referencing with other allied health professionals in the paediatric and disability sector.
DR HEIDI CH'NG
Heidi is a Registered Psychologist with a PhD in Developmental Psychology and a Masters degree in Creative Arts Therapies.
Her work and research has focused on the importance of the parent-child relationship, and how nurturing this key relationship can facilitate the best outcomes for children and their families.
Heidi works with children aged between 0-12 years and their families to support them with managing a range of issues or presentations such as;
Heidi draws on a range of therapeutic techniques such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Arts and Play Therapies in her work with clients. Heidi values building a strong therapeutic relationship with children and their families and brings a holistic approach to understanding and supporting her clients.
Heidi is also a mother of two children and a beautiful Australian Cobberdog.
Heidi is available for consultations on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Neuro Occupational Therapy
Lindy graduated from the University of Sydney in 1993 and has worked with children and adolescents for the past 27 years. Lindy has worked in rural community health paediatrics, in the School Aged and Adult programs at The Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA), in the Rehabilitation and general Occupational Therapy Department at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, and at The Lighthouse Health Group for the last 14 years providing Occupational Therapy Services to children and adults.
Lindy is an accredited OT for NDIS participants and registered with Medicare and private health providers.
Lindy is passionate about supporting children and their families with evidence-based, family focussed practice that addresses the child’s goals and individual needs. Lindy believes that a strength-based approach facilitates a child’s development and empowers the child to achieve their goals and generalise their abilities across daily activities.
Lindy believes a multidisciplinary team approach with the family at the centre is essential. Lindy has a special ability to connect with children and families, and has personal experience of neuro diversity, ADHD and children with joint hypermobility syndrome.
Lindy is accredited to administer the WeeFIM assessment and is an accredited NDIS simple and complex home modifications provider.
Lindy has particular skills and experience in the areas of Neuro Occupational Therapy and children with physical disabilities. Lindy has worked for many years with children with brain and spinal injuries, and children with a range of diagnoses such as spina bifida and complex genetic conditions.
• Developmental delays;
• Babies and achievement of early milestones;
• Fine motor skill development;
• Development of hand preference;
• School readiness;
• Adaptive and assistive technology prescription;
• Wheelchairs and seating;
• Joint hypermobility syndrome;
• Low muscle tone;
• Spasticity management and hemiplegia;
• Upper limb issues and hand function;
• ADHD and learning difficulties;
• Neuro diverse children;
• Self-help skill development;
• Supporting school placement and engagement in all areas of the curriculum;
• Visual perceptual and visual motor integration difficulties;
• Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD);
• Gross motor skill development;
• Expert Medico legal assessment and reports;
• Supporting OT students develop skills for entry into OT practice; and
• Case management.
Joanne has always had an interest in the brain and its impact upon human behaviour and cognition. She has worked on the Northern Beaches and in Western Sydney over the past four years, providing neuropsychological assessments for children, young adults, and adults with a range of neurodevelopmental difficulties, and can quickly identify the client’s concerns. These clients may present with symptoms of neurodevelopmental disorders that require clarification and diagnosis including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Specific Learning Disorders, mood disorders, mental health concerns, intellectual disability, complex trauma, attachment disorders, and genetic disorders.
Joanne has experience in working across various settings including Royal Far West, Manly; Rivendell Adolescent Unit, Concord; and in private practice on the Northern Beaches and in Western Sydney. She has worked as part of multidisciplinary teams across these settings providing cognitive assessments, providing empirically validated interventional strategies and behavioural interventions that help in managing cognitive and behavioural concerns, and finding the appropriate referral pathway. Joanne has provided cognitive assessments for private and public schools, the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, Juvenile Justice NSW, and to Registered NDIS support providers to assist in NDIS applications and client management. She can conduct assessments to accompany NESA applications for students sitting their Higher School Certificate.
Neuropsychological assessment involves undertaking a clinical interview with the client and/or their family to obtain background information, using reliable and well validated psychometric measures that have been developed to assess specific cognitive functions, presenting the results of the testing in a meaningful way during a feedback session, presenting the information in a detailed report, and providing strategies to assist with identified difficulties.
Prior to working as a Clinical Psychologist, Joanne worked as a Registered Nurse for over 30 years in NSW Hospital Emergency Departments and mental health settings.
Joanne works at the Kite Centre on Wednesdays.
Speech Language Pathologist
and Clinical Audiologist
Michelle is a dual qualified speech-language pathologist and clinical audiologist. She holds a Bachelor of Speech & Hearing Sciences, a Master of Clinical Audiology and a Master of Speech Pathology. Michelle has worked with families and children for over 15 years, initially as an audiologist and now as a speech pathologist. She currently offers speech, language and literacy assessment and intervention at The Kite Centre and will also be able to offer comprehensive audiological assessments for children at the centre in the near future.
As a Mum of three young boys herself, Michelle understands the value of working collaboratively with families and engaging children in a fun and supportive environment. She has a particular interest in early intervention and parent training as well as general paediatric speech and language intervention. She works with children with a range of developmental delays and disabilities, including ASD, speech sound disorder, language delay, social skill deficits and feeding difficulties, as well as children who are otherwise typically developing but need some extra support in speech, language or literacy.
Michelle holds additional training in the SOS approach to feeding, Secret Agent Society (social skills), Sounds-Write and Orton Gillingham literacy intervention and positive behaviour support.
After leaving a career in accounting to raise three children, Fiona followed her passion for health and good nutrition, completing Advanced Diplomas in Nutritional Medicine, Western Herbal Medicine and Integrative Health. She is a qualified Nutritionist, Naturopath and Herbalist and has great experience in dealing with all aspects of nutritional health.
Applying the concept of “food as medicine” forms the basis of her work. Starting with diet to address actual and potential health line issues, Fiona combines the latest research with traditional knowledge to provide ideas and answers for her patients. Having three children of her own, she has a vast understanding of the difficulties of managing busy lives and fussy eaters while trying to provide a healthy diet for the whole family. She believes that the younger we can educate our kids about “real food” the better.
Fiona is also passionate about young women’s health and well being.
Her services include: Dietary Education, Practical Meal Planning , Identification of Nutrient deficiencies, Food Intolerances, Vitamin and Mineral Supplementation, Functional testing.
Amy Wheaton is a Clinical Psychologist with a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and Masters in Psychology (Clinical) from Macquarie University.
Amy has experience providing psychological assessment, diagnosis, and intervention to individuals of all ages, and over the last decade has specialised in counselling children and adolescents in school and private practice settings. She is well versed in the treatment of depression, anxiety and stress, family and social issues, work and study concerns, and managing difficult life transitions within this age group, and is passionate about the prevention of mental illness in our young people.
Apart from her counselling work, Amy works with organisations such as schools to provide consultation and psychoeducation on a range of mental health related topics and the use of positive psychology and positive education. She is a speaker on psychological issues and has experience providing seminars, workshops and professional development. She is also involved in the supervision of psychologists in schools and for registration.
Amy has two young children, and enjoys surfing the local waves in her spare time.
Ashleigh Gellert (nee Palombi)
Ash is wildly passionate about every child deserving the opportunity to be the very best that they can be. She holds this at the heart of the assessment and treatment of each child that comes through the doors of The Kite Centre, all while making their experience fun.
Ash blends her extensive experience in musculoskeletal physiotherapy with a wide-ranging knowledge of Paediatric care to achieve the best possible outcome for each and every child. She has experience working with children of all ages, from newborns through to adolescents, who experience developmental delays, have connective tissue disorders (hypermobility), genetic conditions, coordination difficulties, gait and postural concerns, and musculoskeletal conditions and injuries.
Ash has worked in some of Sydney’s finest schools and with a wide variety of sporting teams, leading their Physiotherapy programs and developing sport-specific screening tools; designed to flag injury risks and improve performance. Ash uses this experience, blended with her natural aptitude for fun, to ensure that all children and adolescents maximise their sporting and participation potential, may that be in a 1:1 assessment and treatment capacity or in the Physio led group classes that she has developed.
Ash holds a Bachelor of Human Nutrition and a Master of Physiotherapy. She has completed a range of postgraduate Paediatric Physiotherapy training and continues to stay up to date with the most relevant evidence-based assessments and interventions, ensuring the highest quality of care is always provided to your child.
Appointments can be made to see Ashleigh via the below online booking system;